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Go Fishing 2012

A guide to fishing lakes and streams in the Inland Northwest, including a map of the region’s fishing waters and a guide to fishing with kids.

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  • Thu., April 26, 2012

    Landers: Opening day of fishing still special

    Opening day of fishing season isn’t what it used to be. The crowds have declined – a blessing in many ways – partly because most of the region’s waters have …

  • Thu., April 12, 2012

    Selective fisheries doing OK

    Washington’s “selective fishery” lakes opened March 1 or April 1, offering anglers early shots at trout that have a chance to grow large because of restrictive regulations. Bait is not …

  • Thu., April 12, 2012

    Lowland lakes stocked with trout offerings

    With plenty of water and plenty of fish filling the region’s lakes this spring, Spokane-area anglers should have little trouble putting fish in the cooler at lowland trout lakes that …

  • Thu., April 12, 2012

    Changes in fishing regulations

    The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved a slate of new fishing regulations that take effect May 1. New rules the commission approved that affect Eastern Washington anglers include:

  • Thu., April 12, 2012

    Lakes with something for everyone

    Eastern Washington has hundreds of fishing waters with various mixes of fish species to suit the taste of any freshwater angler. Trout priority lakes, such as Badger, Fishtrap, West Medical …

  • Thu., April 12, 2012

    Derby taps free-fishing

    A prize totaling $500 awaits the angler who catches the biggest trout on June 9 during the first Sprague Lake Trout Derby. Fishermen have boated some huge rainbows out of …

  • Thu., April 12, 2012

    Bounty on the rise for pike

    Spoons, spinners, hooks, flies, baits and bobbers of all sizes hang like Christmas decorations in a window of the Kalispel Tribe’s fisheries office. “Every one of those lures has come …

  • Thu., April 12, 2012

    Kids can’t miss at Clear Lake fishing event

    Here’s the best bargain around for a full-meal fishing deal: A fishing rod, t-shirt and a sure shot at catching a trout – $10 bucks.

  • Thu., April 12, 2012

    License fees up, down

    Washington changed its fishing license fees in 2011, but not until September, after most anglers had purchased their licenses. That leaves some anglers in for surprises when they purchase licenses …

  • Thu., April 12, 2012

    Trailer invites families to fish

    Idaho Fish and Game will be wheeling out a“Take Me Fishing Trailer” packed with fishing rods and tackle for Idaho Panhandle kids to use free at trout-stocked ponds starting in …

  • Thu., April 12, 2012

    Panhandle a mixed bag

    Unlike last year, Idaho’s 2012 seasons and rules are not changing significantly for Panhandle anglers, but the fishing opportunities continue to evolve. Walleyes have gained significant ground in Lake Pend …

  • Thu., April 12, 2012

    Panfish tip scales of joy

    Although they’re generally small, panfish – perch, bluegills and crappie – are among the tastiest morsels swimming in the region’s lakes. Spokane region top panfishing lakes include Eloika, Bonnie, Downs, …

  • Thu., April 12, 2012

    In brief: Vehicle passes required at fishing access sites

    Vehicles parking at Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife fishing access sites must display a Vehicle Access Pass or a Discover Pass. Both passes are transferable to two vehicles starting …

  • Thu., April 12, 2012

    Fly Fishing Film Tour returns to Inland Northwest

    The 2012 Fly Fishing Film Tour, which has been traveling across the country and revving up enthusiastic audiences since February, is coming back to the Inland Northwest. Portions of 11 …


  • 2012 Inland Northwest Fishing Map

    Download the map of Inland Northwest fishing waters from The Spokesman-Review’s 2012 fishing guide. Use your PDF viewer’s zoom function to see the map and legend in greater detail.